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Two New Developments in Old Town

I know it has been forever and a day since I last wrote, but figured I’d share some information that is now making the rounds.

Louise’s Trattoria, the Italian eatery at the corner of Fair Oaks and Colorado, will become an 800 Degrees, a create-your-own pizza restaurant.  The concept is not new to Pasadena, but judging by the lines at a competitor down the street — Blaze Pizza — we can expect it to be busy.

Also, the Starbucks that is connected to Barnes & Nobles will be relocating a few storefronts down into the old Barney’s space at 93 W. Colorado.  The 2,640 SF space will now have a restroom for its customers, but I’m hoping for something even better — for it to become an “evening location.”  This would mean that they would be the 3rd LA area Starbucks to offer wine and an evening menu.  I think the people of Pasadena would embrace this concept and it would certainly be a nice addition to Old Town.

800 Degrees



The Changing Face of Pasadena

To many, Old Town Pasadena is a place to leisurely walk around, shop and dine while Paseo is  a misfit of sorts that has yet to find its way.  However, there appears to be a strategic plan in place that could make Paseo more of a destination, pedestrian friendly and attract higher end retail.

In the coming months, there will be some major turnover in Old Town.  Barnes and Nobles will be closing, leaving a 15,500+ square foot space to be divided (as no retailer nowadays takes that much space).  The women’s clothing store Chico’s will also be vacating their space, adding an additional 2,200 square feet to become available.  Barney’s, the longest running restaurant in Old Town had an amazing run since 1979 but unfortunately closed on December 5th and the landlord has yet to find a tenant for 2,640 square feet.  And who can forget the 9,000 square feet of restaurant space on the third floor of 88 W. Colorado that once housed JJ’s Steakhouse.  With all of this vacancy, I am curious to know who will be moving in and how Pasadena takes to them.

As for Paseo, the redevelopment has been ongoing for some time.  They continue to let tenants leases expire and temporarily fill them with — in my opinion — terrible shops which adds to the downward spiral.  I’ve been told over and over that a 2013 start date and 2014 grand reopening was in the works, but have yet to believe this.  In addition to the new retailers, they plan on adding some green to the now concrete walkways and make them more family/kid friendly.  I’ve included some pictures below of renderings that show how they would like the new center to look.

Lastly, a rumor I am hearing is that the McCormick & Schmick’s in Plaza Las Fuentes (intersection of Los Robles and Union) will be closing next year.  I am not surprised by this, but maybe they are just relocating.

What are your thoughts on all this change?  Who would you like to see come to Pasadena (retail or food) who has yet to come?

Paseo Colorado Rendering #1 Paseo Colorado Rendering #2 Paseo Colorado Rendering #3

* Disclosure – these are just renderings and the tenants shown in the picture do not necessarily reflect that they will be in the complex.  

Cotton On Coming to Old Town

The Australian retailer Cotton On is opening in Old Town at 42 W. Colorado, the former “temporary” Apple space.  While I can honestly say I hadn’t heard of the store previously, a quick search showed that they have a location in the nearby Glendale Galleria.  Their fashion and pricing seems to be on par with H&M, which will cause some competition as they will be located extremely close to one another.

What are your thoughts on this new addition to Old Town?

New Year, New Updates

As we kick off the New Year, I thought I would pass along a few updates from around Pasadena.

If you are looking to shed some of the holiday pounds, you may want to consider one of these new options:

  • Asylum Gym (88 W. Colorado Boulevard) – This new, sleek  gym opened up in December.  They are in Old Town, on the back side of where Kenneth Cole and Le Pain Quotidien are.  If you work in the area you may want to consider their 20/10 lunchtime express fitness program.
  • Pure Barre (107 S. Fair Oaks Avenue) – While build out has yet to be completed, Pure Barre will be opening soon and joins the fast growing movement of incorporating a ballet barre into a workout.  It seems like there are plenty of options to consider in the area with both The Bar Method and Cardio Barre in close proximity.

On the food front, there is a new restaurant and cupcake place opening.  By all accounts I had not heard a single thing about Tre Venezie, the Michelin starred Italian restaurant, closing.  So when I passed by recently only to see a public notice application in the window I had to see what was going on.  A new owner is going to open up a restaurant called Racion — which I can only imagine will be a Spanish tapas joint given my translation skills.  I am interested in finding out more about this, so if you have any information, please reply.  The second food option is a cupcake storefront from the winners of the Food Networks “Cupcake Wars” and will be called Wonderland Custom Cakes.  This will be located around the corner from Pure Barre (although they have the same address).  They too are not open yet, but you can swing by January 14th and pick up a sweet treat on their grand opening.

UPDATE: I found some information on Racion.  The owners had a Kickstarter campaign that did not raise the goal amount as well as a blog about their upcoming restaurant.  I wish them all the best and hope it is as tasty as the food in Spain.

Madewell Coming to Old Town

If you have driven down Colorado Boulevard in Old Town recently you may have noticed that the Guess space at 126 W. Colorado has their windows covered.  Why?  Well, Guess has officially closed their doors and Madewell, the J. Crew subsidiary, is moving in.  Renovations should take a few months and the slated opening is sometime around New Years I believe.

Madewell is the popular women’s clothing store that offers “downtown chic essentials” from “timeless tees and heritage leather boots to cool cardigans and vintage-inspired jewelry.”  I think the store will do well in Old Town — it has a strong following and having been in the Century City location this past weekend with Mrs. Scoop, there are some great, well made clothes.

Pita Jungle Update

Back in September I reported that Pita Jungle would be opening in Old Town at 43 E. Colorado Boulevard.  After months of renovation and jumping through city hoops, the fresh and healthy chain “will be opening in two to three weeks.” An update from Mother-in-Law Scoop today claimed the space looks great (her words were “cool and hip”) and Pita Jungle are putting the finishing touches on everything for what will be an exciting opening.  More to come shortly…

Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday March 1st, Old Town Pasadena restaurants and bars will be celebrating “Happy Hour Week” with extended hours and specials on food and drinks.  There are currently 19 places participating, from Bar Celona and Vertical Wine Bar to POP Champagne and Sushi Roku.  If you normally cannot make it to happy hour specials, now would be a great time to check out some of your favorite local places.  The event runs until Tuesday March 8th and you can see a full schedule here.